Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

India Slips 160-6 in Day Two of Test Match Against England

India Slips 160-6 in Day Two of Test Match Against England

England moved into a strong position on an enthralling day of Test cricket at Edgbaston despite a century from India skipper Virat Kohli.

At tea, India were 160 for six in reply to England's first innings 287, a deficit of 127 runs.

Sam Curran, the 20-year-old left-arm swing bowler, claimed four for 74 to go with two wickets apiece from the impressive Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid and Jimmy Anderson.

Two balls later Curran dismissed KL Rahul via a flat-bat drag-on.

To put Root s achievement into perspective, Donald Bradman remains the quickest batsman to 6,000 Test runs in terms of innings, the Australia great needing just 68 knocks to achieve the feat. Virat Kohli is the 13the Indian cricketer to reach the landmark.

Earlier, Curran's wicket-taking burst began when Murali Vijay was lbw on review for 20.

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The opening duo of Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan got the visitors off to a good start with Dhawan looking the more unsafe of the two despite some good bowling by Stuart Broad and James Anderson. Despite India crossing 100 in the 28th over as the fourth wicket partnership grew to 41, Ajinkya Rahane (15) didn't look comfortable at the crease.

Overnight batsman Sam Curran (24) was dismissed this morning by Mohammed Shami.

The next ball, the first of a new over, saw Hardik Pandya dropped on nought when Cook floored a routine first-slip chance off all-rounder Stokes.

Behind Root as he stormed off, Kohli then celebrated by blowing a kiss, mouthing some fruity advice, putting his finger to his lips and adding a "mic-drop" mime - mocking Root's gesture last month, after clinching the one-day global series at Headingley with a second successive hundred. Pandya did get out eventually, as Curran came back to trap him lbw with a toe-crushing yorker.

It is perhaps unsurprising that two England batsmen are at the top of this list given how much Test cricket their side plays, with Wednesday s match their 1,000th fixture at this level.

Off-spinner Ashwin, belying his reputation as a poor performer outside the sub-continent, took four for 62 in 26 overs.

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